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The cyclospora parasite in human stool has made about 250 people sick in the Midwest.

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Bagged salad contaminated with the rare parasite cyclospora appears to be the source of a food poisoning outbreak in Nebraska and Iowa.

Bagged salad caused parasite outbreak, states say

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Health officials in Iowa and Nebraska on Tuesday tagged prepackaged salad mix as the source for an outbreak of parasite-borne food poisoning in those states even as federal officials worked to see if the conclusion applies elsewhere as well.

Iowa’s top food inspector, Steven Mandernach, said that bagged salad was behind the cyclospora outbreak that has sickened at least 143 people in that state and another 78 in Nebraska. Overall, at least 372 people in 15 states have been sickened by the rare parasite since June.

“The evidence points to a salad mix containing iceberg and romaine lettuce, as well as carrots and red cabbage as the source of the outbreak reported in Iowa and Nebraska,” said Mandernach, chief of the Food and Consumer Safety Bureau of the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals. “Iowans should continue eating salads as the implicated prepackaged mix is no longer in the state’s food supply chain.”

Nebraska officials also confirmed the source, a spokeswoman said, but neither state would name the brand or the producer of the bagged salad mix — and they would not say whether it was an imported or domestic product.

But it wasn’t yet clear whether the packaged salad was linked to other infections in other states, officials with the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. At least 21 people have been hospitalized in connection with the outbreak.

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Natural Antibiotics as Close as Your Pantry

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Food network star Alton Brown often says the only single-task tool you should have in your kitchen is a fire extinguisher. I wholeheartedly agree.

Of course, he’s talking about cooking. What I’m talking about is being prepared in case an emergency cuts you off from essential services like medical care, transportation, power, or water. And the good news here is that a lot of kitchen items you keep in your pantry for food prep or under the sink for cleanup can actually help you cope in times of emergency.

In today’s Ready-for-Anything Report, I share 5 items you should always keep in or near your kitchen. They’re useful for everyday tasks, but in an emergency they do double-duty.


Vinegar: Vinegar is excellent for making tasty salad dressings and sauces for everything from pasta to pork roast. But vinegar’s usefulness goes way beyond that.
You can use vinegar to keep your home clean and sanitary. In any sort of a breakdown, hygiene and a clean home become more important than ever – it’s the first line of defense against disease, which often follows in the wake of a disaster or social breakdown.You can use vinegar to clean sink drains, to clear away mildew, and to deodorize just about anything.

You can make sure produce is safe to eat by washing it in a mix of vinegar and water. Adding four tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to a gallon of water makes a sanitizing wash that’s good for fruits and vegetables – it will remove pesticides and nasty germs.

You can also use vinegar to treat mild ailments. Dabbing a cotton ball soaked in vinegar on minor burns or insect bites relieves pain and itching. Mix equal parts vinegar and honey and take a tablespoon every four hours to relieve a sore throat and cough. Vinegar is cheap and lasts a long time in storage. Stock up!

Honey: Honey’s good for adding to tea or for sweetening a bowl of oatmeal, but you can do a lot more with it than that. This sweet, golden substance can be a real lifesaver when it comes to health issues. During any sort of social breakdown that makes it more difficult to get medical care, infection becomes an important concern.

Honey can help. It works as a natural antiseptic. You can apply honey to cuts and abrasions to prevent infection.

You can also use honey to treat the symptoms of many mild illnesses. For example, mix honey with lemon juice to help soothe a sore throat.

It’s an unpleasant topic, but during times of unrest, you’re also more at risk of picking up parasites. Drinking honey mixed with vinegar and water can clear most parasites out of your system.